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“One of the best and easiest ways to provide up-to-date staff development to administrators, teachers and paras ... when both time and money are short!”

Carol Blessing
Special Education Coordinator
Sheboygan Area School District, Wis.

"DirectSTEP® is a very cost-effective means for me to provide staff development activities to my special education staff without having to travel and do the 'sit and get' method. My staff can select modules that are relevant for them, so valuable staff training time isn't wasted. I have also recommended the DirectSTEP program to another district and they have since adopted the program. An excellent staff resource for our schools!"

Diane Knudsen
Director of Pupil Services
Eleva-Strum School District, Wis.

Allegany County (Md.) Public Schools use DirectSTEP® as part of their training curriculum for co-teaching and universal design.

Tullahoma City (Tenn.) School District uses DirectSTEP® courses to train paraprofessionals based on individual needs, experience and interest.

Lancaster County (S.C.) School District uses DirectSTEP® courses “to help make limited funds go a long way."

Available DirectSTEP® eCourses

Autism and IDEA Essentials: A Legal Guide for Educators
Autism and One-to-One Aides: A Practical Guide for Educators
Autism and Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies
Autism and the IDEA: Eligibility and Evaluations
Autism and the IEP: Planning, Execution and Delivery
Autism and the IEP: Understanding the IDEA's Content Requirements
Effective Co-Teaching: Components, Planning, Strategies and Evaluation
Emergent Literacy & Universal Design
Curricular and Instructional Implications of Emergent Literacy for Diverse
Emergent Literacy: Reading Success for All Children
Using Universal Design Principles to Create Curricula and Instruction for All
IDEA Rules on IEP Process
IDEA Rules on Discipline
IDEA Rules on Accountability
IDEA Rules on Intervention and Overidentification
IDEA Rules on Procedures and Due Process
IDEA Rules on Eligibility and Evaluation
Home Instruction and Homebound Services: Legal Requirements for Serving
    Students With Disabilities
Manifestation Determinations: Timing, Process and Impact
Responding to Dangerous Conduct by Students With Disabilities: A School
    District Guide to Legal Requirements
The IEP Meeting: Facilitating and Communicating Effectively
Improving Your IEPs: Start With Goals and Objectives
Understanding and Responding to Parents' Expectations for Children With
LRE & Transition
Least Restrictive Environment: Making Learning Possible for All Children
Life Beyond Grade 12: Transition Planning for Students With Disabilities
Postsecondary Transition Services and Planning: IDEA Requirements for
Paraeducators Series
Unit 1 - Roles and Responsibilities of the Paraeducator
Unit 2 - Philosophical, Historical and Legal Foundations of Special Education
Unit 3 - Characteristics of Students With Disabilities
Unit 4 - Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation
Unit 5 - Collaboration and Communication
Unit 6 - Improving Behavior
Unit 7 - Paraeducator Support: Instructional Content and Practice
Unit 8 - Maintaining Physical Well-Being of Students and Staff
Applying RTI Principles of Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation
Creating an RTI Model That Works for You
'I' in RTI: Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions
Section 504
The ADA Amendments Act: What It Means for Section 504 in Your School
Disability-Based Bullying and Harassment: Investigation, Response, and
Section 504: Determining Appropriate Eligibility
Section 504 Eligible: What Now?
Student Privacy
Education Records and Confidentiality: Meeting FERPA and IDEA Requirements
Student Record Privacy and School Safety: A Balanced Approach to Legally
   Compliant Disclosures
Title I
Helping Homeless Students Succeed: Identification, Funding and Services
   Under Title I and McKinney-Vento
Parent Involvement for Title I Schools: Policies and Strategies for Compliant,
   Effective Family Engagement
Title I Fiscal Rules: Compliance Training for District and School Staff
Yes, You Can Be an RTI School: Funding and Implementation Lessons for
   All Title I Schools
Teacher Series
13 Disabilities Under IDEA: An Overview for Teachers
Collaborating and Communicating With Your Paraeducator as an Instructional
Discipline Policies and BIPs: Policy and Practice Overview for Teachers
Instructional Strategies for Teachers: What Works in the Classroom
Monitoring Student Behavior: The Teacher's Role
Teachers Take Charge: Behavior Modification Strategies for the Classroom
When Students With Disabilities Misbehave: Research and Best Practices for
Administrator Series
13 Disabilities Under IDEA: An Overview for Administrators
Collaborating and Communicating With Your Paraeducator as an Instructional
Discipline Policies and BIPs: Policy and Practice Overview for Administrators
Instruction From the Administrator's Perspective: Application, Support and
Monitoring Student Behavior: The Administrator's Role
Administrators Take Charge: Behavior Modification Strategies 
When Students With Disabilities Misbehave: Responding Appropriately to
   Disciplinary Referrals

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